Camp Leaders

Camp Leaders

Job Details

First Hand Experiences is a fast growing company with big ideas about children and the natural world. Our day, sleep away and school camps are unique in that they focus on outdoor adventure, healthy whole food and the Arts in exciting themed programmes that celebrate the natural world.

We are currently recruiting for the summer holidays 2018 at both our West London day camps and our new countryside residential camp, Gather Green just outside Faversham, Kent.

At First Hand Experiences, what matters to children is at the heart of everything we do. Join our wonderful collection of experienced educators, artists, dramatists, musicians, gardeners and chefs that work with passion and care to offer unique camps throughout the school holidays.

Please check our website for more information about what we do.

View our upcoming summer programme here

Camp Leader Job Description

Guided by the camp directors, camp leaders play a key role in delivering First Hand Experiences themed weeks to children. The variety of outdoor, hands on activities will mean that no two weeks are ever the same. The role involves the management of a team of camp mentors, delivering outdoor, arts and food activities as well as the day-to-day responsibilities of running a camp of up to 30 school aged children. You must ensure that our high level of pastoral care is maintained and be responsible for safeguarding their Health and Safety throughout their time with us.

Our varied programme means that a confidence and willingness to improve in certain areas are key as you might find yourself guiding children in making their own lunch, teaching a song or playing a drama game.You will need to be high energy, passionate, imaginative and have a way of communicating with children that empowers and enthuses them.

You will have experience of leading young people in a workshop, formal or informal education setting, perhaps as a former teacher or on other camps or as a leader of outdoor, arts or food learning workshops. However You do not necessarily need to come from an outdoor education background, or indeed a teaching background  as you will complete extensive in-house training, and mentoring before you work on a course. However, you do need to want to be part of a team whose aim is not simply to give children an experience, but to inspire lasting change.

First Hand Experiences are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and other third parties to share this commitment.  Safer recruitment practice and pre-employment background checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.


  • Lead the weekly programme and empower children to make the most of their experiences drawing on your playfulness, energy, and imagination in order to foster a positive camp environment.

  • Lead, motivate and collaborate with your team of up to 6 facilitators, including 2 volunteers.

  • Adhere to the weekly schedule but have the confidence and intuition to deviate from the plan when the children or circumstances require it

  • Provide leadership and keep a high level of positive energy as the Lead Facilitator

  • Ensure you and your team supervises campers at all times, protecting their health & safety and making sure that they are engaged and accessing the activity the best they can.

  • Lead by example in terms of tidiness and respectful behaviour.

  • Supervise lunch and snack times with the support of your team.

  • Take responsibility for the equipment, props and technology you will be provided with.

  • Take responsibility for keeping your space sufficiently tidy and help clean up at the end of the day.

  • Make sure you and your team are aware of special needs of campers – medical, emotional, etc. – and make sure those are attended to.

  • Assess group dynamics and be sure that all campers are participating and achieving their goals.

  • Be prepared to give parents feedback on their child’s participation and progress if requested by your Camp Director.

  • Undergo face-to-face training and devote additional time on the weekend before the camp preparing for the week.

  • Be prepared to give your team formal feedback with the support of your camp director.

  • Follow and adhere to all FHE policies

Profile and Experience

  • Formal teaching experience, either as a freelancer, as a practising teacher, NQT or a student teacher

  • Experience of working in an innovative way with children / young people

  • A high energy and playful outlook with an instinctive understanding of what motivates children

  • A strong interest in learning through play and experiential education

  • Proven ability to work as part of a team.

  • Be able to lead simple cooking activities

  • Musical ability would also be very useful but not to high level necessarily (piano, guitar,voice)

  • A valid DBS Certificate – this will be required PRIOR to job offer

  • Excellent organisational skills

  • A strong communicator

  • Punctuality is a must

  • First Aid Certificate is desirable

Working hours

8.00am – 5pm


Camp leaders are paid at a rate of £100 per day


  • Job Information 

  • Company: First Hand Experiences CIC
  • Vacancy: Camp Leaders
  • Category: Activity Leader Jobs, Camp Counsellor Jobs, Summer Camp Childcare Positions
  • Salary: 100 per day
  • Locations:
    • England
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